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Muddled Pine

muddled pine cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

Nothing says winter holidays like a pine-themed drink. This one by bartender Carmen Polcyn at the now-closed Bar Toma in Chicago also utilizes cranberries and lemon, making it even more festive. Sip the nonalcoholic version all day, or make the cocktail at night for a cool, yet warming, seasonal tipple.


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  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce pine syrup*
  • 15 fresh cranberries
  • 1 ounce gin or vodka
  • 1 ounce lemon-lime soda, to top
  • Garnish: 3 cranberries
  • Garnish: pine sprig


  1. Add the bitters, lemon juice, pine syrup and cranberries to a shaker, and muddle the cranberries.

  2. Add the gin or vodka (optional) and ice, and shake until chilled.

  3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.

  4. Top with the lemon-lime soda.

  5. Garnish with 3 cranberries and a sprig of pine.

*Pine syrup: Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring until dissolved. Reduce heat to low, and add a handful of chopped pine needles. Stir and remove from heat, and let sit for two hours. Strain out solids. Will keep, refrigerated, for up to three weeks.